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Solar panels based on biosourced materials

French solar energy institute INES has developed new PV modules with thermoplastics and natural fibers sourced in Europe, such as flax and basalt. The scientists aim to reduce the environmental footprint and weight of solar panels, while improving recycling.

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Floating PV for unused swimming pools

Ciel & Terre Japan has deployed a floating solar plant on the swimming pool of a school on the Japanese island of Kyushu. Local developer ELM says the project could be extended to more than 6,000 facilities across the country.

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First milestone for solar carport at Disneyland Paris

A third of the 17 MW solar array is now completed. The installation is expected to cover around 17% of the theme park’s electricity needs. Final completion is scheduled for 2023.

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EU adopts directive allowing reduced VAT on several goods, including solar panels

The Directive No. 2022/542 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on April 5. According to the new provisions, member states will be free to apply a VAT rate of 0% to 5%.

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PV-powered refrigerated tank for milk storage

The autonomous system is designed for small companies that produce milk, juice, beverages, or food products, it and can reach four degrees Celsius in three hours with an external temperature of 30 degrees.

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Akuo speaks out on recent fire accident at its 17MW floating PV plant in France

Nearly a month after the fire occurred at the O’Mega 1 floating power plant in Piolenc, Akuo has drawn the first conclusions from the incident. pv magazine was able to visit the site to observe the damage, gather lessons, and see the arrangements put in place by the site managers.

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New PV module recycling tech from France

French start-up Rosi Solar has developed an industrial solution claimed to be capable of recovering high purity silicon, silver and copper contained in end-of-life PV modules. The company’s technology is based on a pyrolysis process that makes it possible to isolate the different metals from the cells.

Eurazeo acquires 80% stake in Ikaros Solar

Through this operation, the French investment firm wants to help Ikaros Solar further develop its 300MW solar project pipeline.

Solar carport without foundations

Conceived by French solar company Mecojit, the solar carport solution can be deployed without excavation work and can be coupled with EV recharging stations.

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Solar-plus-storage powers urban elevator in Italy

The elevator is powered not only by the solar array and the batteries but also by the energy produced by the elevator itself while it is moving, through gravitational storage.

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